Originally Posted by FoxyRoxy1507
i thought it was to stretch out the horses muscles and build the hindend and to get the horse supple and engaging
In the right direction.
If we take the haunches in, the renvers and half pass which are all in the same group of exercises we are aiming to strengthening the inside hind leg, supple the belly muscles and free up the outside shoulder.
It works on the inside hind by making it carry more load and allows the outside to thrust more in a freer manner.
When this exercise is done on both the left and right side of the horse we are aiming to maintain or improve the purity of the gait and improve both the carrying and trusting power of the haunch as a whole.
Obviously as a result, this will aid in getting a stronger lengthened stride and make it easier for the horse in engaging the hind legs when doing transitions. This would be very useful exercise when attempting to do circles especially when the circles become smaller for the carrying power of the inside leg in tighter circles will be required to a greater degree.
This will aid in keeping the horse straight when doing the more demanding 10 and 8 meter circles so the "falling in" that happens so easily can be minimized or eliminated.
If done correctly the gait as a whole will develop that cadence and animation that so many of us wish for.